New York-listed gaming supplier Inspired Entertainment has launched its Grand National-themed virtual sports games with operators BoyleSports and Ladbrokes Coral.

The operators will be the first to stream Inspired’s Virtual Grand National 2018 race to their customers in advance of the live event at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday.

In addition, BoyleSports and Ladbrokes Coral are also streaming the supplier’s Grand National Race of Champions game, which features a field of some of the most successful horses to have raced at Aintree over the past century, including Red Rum, Many Clouds and Amberleigh House.

“I’m delighted to announce the commercial launch of Inspired’s Virtual Grand National 2018, as the nation begins to anticipate the greatest horse race of the year,” said Inspired chief commercial officer Steve Rogers. “This is truly a unique product and it promises to add a compelling experience to our customers’ retail and digital channels in advance of the highest profile horse race in the calendar.”

Virtual Grand National and Grand National Race of Champions will be broadcast at 8pm on Friday on British TV channel ITV4, with highlights also appearing during ITV1’s Grand National coverage on Saturday.

“BoyleSports is delighted to be bringing the Virtual Grand National products to its customers in anticipation of the live event this weekend," said BoyleSports Gibraltar managing director Eddie Bennett. “The realism and quality of graphics in the virtual races delivers a premium experience, and I have no doubt that customers will be thrilled by the opportunity to watch Red Rum race again.”

Ladbrokes Coral head of gaming Craig Perry added: “The build-up to the Grand National at Aintree this week is well underway and we're delighted to launch this virtual offering which is as close to the fun and action of the real thing as you can get.

“With races every five minutes and the hourly 'Race of Champions', which pits heroes of yesteryear against each other, we're confident this great product will really capture the imagination of racing fans.”

A number of complementary Grand National products from Inspired are also available to customers including a Grand National slot and Scratch ‘n’ Go Grand National instant win game.

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